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January 20, 2019

The Archeological museum of Alcalà de Henares!

I like to stay in Alcalà de Henares a bit more and to show you another gem of this very unique town and loaded with history, architecture and arts. The town is in the Comunidad de Madrid region of the kingdom of Spain.

I like to tell you a bit more on the Museo Archeologico Regional or  Regional Archaeological Museum …a joint venture between the Comunidad of Madrid and the city of Alcalà de Henares showcasing the best archeological finds from the area covering a large period. Its a must to see in town.

The Museo Arqueológico Regional de la Comunidad de Madrid (M.A.R.) was created on November 27, 1997; It is based in Alcalá de Henares, occupying the building of the old school of the Dominican Convent of the Mother of God, in the Plaza de Bernardas, which also give to the archiepiscopal Palace and the convent of San Bernardo. Its inauguration took place on May 25th, 1999. (see previous post on this historical religiuous buildings of Alcalà de Henares).

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The Convent School of the Mother of God was founded by Maria de Mendoza, daughter of the Counts of Mélito, in 1565, as part of the university City of Alcalá, although the current construction dates from the 17-18C, since the original building was small and also structurally deficient , although it is probable that the entrance of the Convent , which currently accesses the museum, is reused from the previous.

In 1985, the year in which the State competences in the field of archaeology were passed on to the Autonomous Communities, the Government of the community of Madrid and the city of Alcalá agreed that the building would become the headquarters of the Regional Archaeological Museum of the Community of Madrid. At present the work is being carried out to expand its surface and in January 2018 the works were finally started, whose culmination is expected by the end of 2019.

In addition to its role of research and conservation of the archaeological heritage, it exhibits a permanent collection with a chronological and didactic itinerary: paleontological fossils, Paleolithic, Neolithic, vestiges of the Bronze Age and Iron Age, an important collection of Roman objects ,highlighting the mosaics, and elements of material culture from the old, middle and modern ages, reaching the archaeology of the industrial era. The museum carries out temporary exhibitions of archaeological, paleontological and historical themes. Among its dependencies is the library Emeterio Cuadrado, of restricted use, specializing in archaeology, cartography of the community of Madrid, museology and restoration.

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 Alcala de Henares

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Some webpages to help you plan your trip to this unique museum are

Tourist office of Alcala de Henares on the Museum

Tourist office of Madrid on the Museum

Official site of the Regional Arqueological Museum

There you go, a nice place to see in the middle of all the beautiful architecture,historical and religious of nice Alcalà de Henares.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

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January 20, 2019

The heritage of Alcalà de Henares!

On a nice cloudy cold day of winter let me bring you back to my beloved Spain. There is so much  to see in the 2nd most visited country in the world (WTO-UN).  I used to lived there, citizen of, and visit every year.

However, one of my favorite towns and written on it on several posts in a general sense. I like to tell you a bit more on the different historical, religious, and just plain heritage of this wonderful city in the Comunidad de Madrid, Alcalà de Henares. Some treat of it more in my blog, enjoy it.

The Oratorio San Felipe de Neri. Founded at the end of the 17C, the convent was built between 1698 and 1704 and the church ten years later, has a Baroque church with elliptical vault. It highlights its interesting library and its good collection of imagery of the school of Gregorio Fernandez and Alonso Cano, as well as a rich legacy of painting and cult objects.  Only male congregation that endures in Alcalá de Hénares.. You will visit the church, the sacristy and the museum rooms, which are home to important carvings and paintings. In this convent was of spiritual retreat for the writer Miguel de Unamuno, personal friend of the Father Juan José de Lecanda, the first days of November 1888 and 1889. Located at Plaza Padre Lecanda, 4. Official Oratorio San Felipe de Neri

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The Ermita de Santa Lucía, is one of the most emblematic religious constructions in Alcalà de Henares. It is located in the heart of the historic quarter, at the confluence between Calle Tercia and  Calle Victoria, in front of the Cathedral. Its origin dates from the 12C in Romanesque-Mudejar style, although the current building was built in the 17C in Baroque style. The 13th of December at the beginning of the main street starts a parade with the junk (garbage metals, pans etc) , accompanied by a group of “Dulzaineros”, until arriving at the hermitage of Santa Lucía, in front of which a bonfire with the old junk is ignited and roasted potatoes are served. At present this hermitage is the Polish chaplaincy for the Polish emigrant’s resident in the city.  Ermita de Santa Lucia on its heritage

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The Ermita Universitaria del Santísimo Cristo de los Doctrinos . It is popular architecture, of the purest Castilian Baroque. It has a Recoleta chapel, in which you can contemplate the size of the Christ  of the Indoctrinated or Doctrinos, as well as an excellent collection of religious art from the 16C and 17C. In 1225 the Oratory of the Christ of Mercy was built, during the 16C the present hermitage was built. There was used as motivation of the lessons an image of Jesus crucified, which was very soon popularly known as Christ of the indoctrinated. According to tradition, in this hermitage they explained Christian doctrine and rudiments of religion by Saint José de Calasanz and Saint Ignacio de Loyola, and over there passed the most fervent sacred speakers of the Cisneriana University.  Located at  Calle de los Colegios, 9. Official tourism Comunidad de Madrid on the Ermita de los Doctrinos

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The Convento de San Juan de la Penitencia,  Commonly  called “de las juanas “, is a Franciscan female convent that currently occupies the old building of the Junior College of San Nicolás de Tolentino; at Calle Santiago. At the end of the 15C or in 1508, Cardinal Cisneros founded, on the street leading from the Archiepiscopal palace, the Master of the Holy Children and currently named San Juan, under the patronage of that saint, a monastery of Franciscan nuns , maid’s College and Women’s Hospital. This community was in charge of the will of Cisneros,  so it retained many memories of the man. In 1884 the community of Franciscans or Clarisas that until then occupied the building of the Calle de San Juan, in bad condition, moved to the old building of the College of Augustinian Recollects, one of the junior colleges of the University of Alcala, with the name of San Nicolás de Tolentino, had been founded in 1604 for the Barefoot Augustinians. Official Alcala tourism on Convento de San Juan

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The Convento de las Clarisas de San Diego. It is located on Calle Beatas , opposite the old San Diego Barracks, now in renovations. Facing its simple façade only decorated with the image of San Diego popularly called “Las Diegas de Alcalá “-and a shield belonging to Cardinal Cisneros, there is a bronze statue of Archbishop Carrillo made in 1987. The convent was founded by Catalina Garcia Fernandez in 1670 in the house of her aunt Maria Fernandez, printer of the University of Alcalá. It is a must stop to buy its famous almonds  that are acquired through a lathe as they are cloistered nuns. Convento de las Clarisas de San Diego

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The Capilla de las Santas Formas.  In the  Viejo Colegio Máximo de la Compañía de Jesús  or old church of the high School of the company of Jesus we can admire a chapel dedicated to this miracle that is without doubt one of the most beautiful monuments of Alcalá de Henares. In 1597, an anonymous repentant penitent, possibly of Moorish origin, after confessing his robbery, gave to the Jesuit Father Juan Juárez a rolled forms  in which they came wrapped  24 consecrated forms; A board of university doctors addressed the subject and after its conclusions was ratified the miracle in 1619. Since 1624, they were in a valuable silver monstrance. Capilla de la Santas Formas

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The Colegio de Caracciolos.  The other school , also of a religious nature, was founded by San Francisco Caracciolo at the beginning of the 17C decided to erect a new school-convent that, in time, came to occupy the whole  area between the Calle de la Trinidad , the slaughterhouse (today hatch gate) and that of the archpriest. The church, built throughout the second third of the 17C, is the first to be finished. The facade, set back with respect to the body of the school, is made in brick and formed by a large rectangular central body, finished in pediment with a glass, and two side bodies, with windows, joined to the central by winged arch. In 1987, it was ceded to the University of Alcalá, which finished to restored the school in 1997 to be seat of the faculty of Philology. The temple, finally restored in 1999, has recovered its original forms and is theater and exhibition hall of the university.  In what was the garden of the convent a building has been built, in which the municipal library Cardenal Cisneros and the municipal historical archive are today. Colegio de Caracciolos

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The Colegio-Convento de Mínimos de San Francisco de Paula de Santa Ana o de Nuestra Señora de la Victoria  It was founded in 1553. Thanks to Bartolomé de Santoyo is built in its current location. The Church, the first one that does not follow the Gothic-Mudejar traces in the city, began to be built between 1580 and 1593. The collegiate building is built throughout the 17C, for whose enlargement was bought the original convent of Barefoot Carmelites of Conception. Where  professed as nuns Luisa of Belén Cervantes, sister of Miguel de Cervantes.. At present it is the headquarters of the Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences of the University of Alcalá. Colegio minimos or our lady of Victory

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The Colegio Convento de San Agustín.  It was founded in 1518, although the true architect of the same was the Augustinian, and former schoolboy of the Mayor of San Ildefonso, Saint Thomas of Villanueva. From 1555, thanks to the protection of Doña Juana of Austria, the sister of king Felipe III took steps to be part of the royal patronage. Today are housed the courts of the city, being the highlight of the building its stone cover with the image of its patron Saint Augustin, located above the entrance door, in a niche framed between pilasters, in it also appear the shield of his Order and the founder’s. Santo Tomás was canonized in the year 1658 and his Saint day is celebrated on the 10th of October, being a well-known character in Alcalá de Henares. The original building has undergone several renovations over the years, its church is single-nave and was built for the most part from the year 1624. Colegio Convento de San Agustin

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The Colegio-convento de San Basilio Magno  It’s baroque style. It was erected in 1660 as a junior College of the University of Alcalá, currently it is a university cultural center. It is founded in May 1660, building in Baroque style and hexagonal floor, with a large cover, which includes a niche with statue of the holy Saint. Nowadays it is used as cultural center of the University of Alcalá. Colegio Convento San Basilio el Magno

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The Colegio de Teólogos de la Madre de Dios . It is located within the founding block of the university. It was one of the first minor schools founded in the time of Cardinal Cisneros, devoted to the study of theology and medicine. Among his schoolboys was the Doctor of king Felipe II, Francisco Vallés. The architecture of the building corresponds to the 16C. At present it is the seat of the illustrious Bar Association of Alcalá de Henares. Colegio de Téologos de la Madre de Dios

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The Colegio Menor de San Ciriaco y Santa Paula, conocido popularmente por Colegio de Málaga. It is one of the schools that integrated the old Cisneriana University of Alcalá de Henares. The Malaga school was founded in 1611; The construction began at 1623 in Calle Colegios. In 1836 with the closing of the University of Alcalá, the building remained as University College until 1843; Later, it served as artillery school and army farriers. In 1847 it was restored to be used as a archives center, and in 1858, the city Council of Madrid remodeled the building to host the San Bernardino asylum, for elderly and helpless women. In 1949 ,it was transformed into the boarding school  “Nuestra Señora de la Paloma”, a charitable institution of the Madrid City Council, where children of adolescent age lived. Finally in 1983 ,it became the faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the present University of Alcalá.. Located at Calle Colegios, 2 very close to Plaza Cervantes. Colegio Ciriaco o Malaga 

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The Colegio de San Felipe y Santiago, más conocido como Colegio del Rey.  It was founded in 1551 under the reign and patronage of king Felipe II, as a college for the teaching of theological, legal and canonical studies, destined for children of families in the service of the royal house. It is worth mentioning the figure of Francisco de Quevedo, who joined this school in 1596. His mother was able to enrolled in the service of the Infanta Clara Eugenia. In 1599 he was already a bachelor. In 1600 he graduated in arts. The current building was rebuilt on the old one, of which nothing is preserved, starting from 1609. The King’s school works as such until his transfer to Madrid in 1836. In 1842, it is sold to a private person. Towards 1882 it returns to the hands of the State and is destined to be a Post and Telegraph house. Later, the Casado’s family subjected it to profound reforms to convert it into housing, as the demolition of part of the chapel leaving only the domed cruiser, which becomes the current staircase of honor. In the 1980’s, the building is acquired by the City Council of Alcalá de Henares, which restores it in 1989 and installs in it the Foundation College of the King, the Public foundation of Culture and the historical background of the Municipal archive. In 1991 it was ceded to the  Instituto Cervantes, a public entity created that year to promote Spanish and disseminate its culture. Colegio del Rey

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The Colegio de San Jerónimo o Trilingüe   joins the Colegio Mayor through the continuous courtyard. Its Renaissance patio houses, in one of its bays, the auditorium. The area where the presentation of the Cervantes Prize is held annually. The origin of this school goes back to the early days of the university. At the end of the 16C the current building was built. From 1929 it houses the Parador (lodgings) of tourism known as the Hostería del Estudiante. Colegio San Jeronimo

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The Cistercian convent of San Bernardo was founded in 1613 by Cardinal Bernardo de Sandoval and Rojas (archbishop of Toledo). It is a baroque building one of the most important closures is that of the Cistercian convent of San Bernardo, destined to a Cistercian community of nuns, popularly called “Bernardas “. In January 1997 was inaugurated the Museum of the Cistercian convent of San Bernardo. The closing of the nuns Bernardas was done in the year 2000, leaving the building today as a museum of religious art. In 2013 the House of the Demanding Order and the lesser cloister of the convent of San Bernardo was restored, allowing an exhibition hall and the diocesan residence as well. Official tourist office of Comunidad Madrid on Museo San Bernardo

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Enjoy it fully , it is a wonderful city to walk and be among historical gems. Good prices as well see my other posts on Alcalà de Henares.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

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January 20, 2019

Markets of Valencia, Spain of course!

And I bring out east of my beloved Spain, and into the mediterranean. I came here as a boy when my Aunt lives just south in El Saler, then spent many years without coming back,and then voilà came often the last few years! This is Valencia the city of the paella and a lot more.

I like to take you into a bit of history on its gastronomy delights ,and what better than the markets or mercados of Valencia. The two I love are the Mercado Central and Mercado de Colon, with the later been my favorite of all.

Let me start you off by showcasing the Mercado Central or Central Market to many is the most popular and the most visited of all in Valencia.

The Mercado Central is located in the Plaza Ciudad de Brujas.   It is considered as one of the masterpieces of Valencian modernism.

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It is a construction of Valencian modernist style began to be built in the year 1914 and ended in 1928. The Mercado Central combines metal, domes, glass, columns, the Gothic memory of modernism, as if it were a cathedral of commerce, combining with the neighbouring Lonja de la Seda. In the center of the building you can see a large dome topped by a weather vane.

It is located on the Plaza del Mercado , next to the Lonja de la Seda or silk market and the Plaza de la Ciudad de Brujas. The old Calle de la Paja separates the Mercado Central to the Church of the Saints Juanes. On the opposite side, the Mercado Central gives to the beautiful Calle Palafox, Plaza en Gall and Calle de las Calabazas.

This spectacular market, has 1,200 stands in which sells all kinds of food such as fish, shellfish, fruits, meats and sausages both for domestic consumption and to supply important restaurants in Valencia, which is crowned as the market biggest fresh produce in Europe. The purchase in this place is loaded with great charm by the beauty of its architecture and the tradition and history of the market.

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I like to give you here some webpages to help you plan your trip here and is a must.

Official Mercado Central

Tourist office of Valencia on Mercado Central

City of Valencia on Mercado Central

Then , I move on to the one we like the most and do parking there when visiting the city lately. This is the Mercado de Colon or Columbus market.

The Mercado de Colón is located in Calle Jorge Juan ,19 , the building, was conceived and realized between the years 1914 and 1916. It is one of the best examples of the architecture of the Valencian modernism of the beginning of the century.

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The Mercado de Colón is located in the city’s Eixample, between the Calle Colón and Gran via Marqués de Turia (Calle Conde Salvatierra, Calle Jorge Juan, Calle Cirilo Amoros, and Calle Martínez Ferrando), located in what was formerly the gas factory of the Marqués de Campo

The administrative antecedents of the Mercado de Colon (Columbus market) are in the continuous requests of owners and neighbors to the city council towards 1890, in which they requested the implantation of provisional or definitive markets in the area of the Ensanche to avoid the itinerant sale that was generated with the need to obtain goods and necessities without the inconvenience of reaching the remote Mercado Central markets or that of Ruzafa.

The Mercado de Colon, like any modernist work, participates in a vast vision of architecture as a total work of art, in which design extends from the conception of the building to each of the elements that form it, with special emphasis on the applied arts. The design of the cast iron columns, in brick, in polychrome ceramics: used as an aesthetic and ornamental element in mosaics and claddings of facades, glass, stone ashlars, artificial stone, used for the program Iconography of the market and carpentry.

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The Mercado de Colon has a total area of 3,500 m². It presents a basilica plant of 3 naves, a central one of 18.60 meters high and two smaller sides of 9.70 meters. With lighting with cantilevers of 6 meters. On each side, organized in 9 bays of 7 meters of separation. The structure consists of trusses and metal lattice arches made by profiles composed of colonnades joints, and screws in the links with the foundry pillars that support the roof, with heights of 8 meters and 5 meters, with capital and ornamented base. The cover is made by means of square fibre-cement plates , which are fastened with wire to their diagonals. The access to the enclosure is produced by eight large doors that provide a great permeability and connect functionally with the environment throughout its perimeter. They are made with profiles and steel plates, with ornamental elements of smelting and forging.

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The doors are located in the chamfers and in the centers of each facade. In the facade towards to the Calle Jorge Juan is located a pavilion for municipal uses, 31 x 7.5 meters base, which rises in a pointed arch of 16 meters high and 13 meters of light between supports , with the depth of a creak. It starts from two rectangular base bodies, in one of which is the access staircase to the upper gallery. In the other there are several municipal galleries distributed on three floors. Between the two elements it crosses a gallery destined to offices, built like a bridge between the supports of the arch.  Two chimneys topped with curved shapes lined with ceramic fragments are raised on the canopy deck. This façade presents a complete iconographic and symbolic program, in which they are present from the poultry (turkeys, ducks, hens pheasants, geese, roosters) until the butchery (meats, pigs, cows, rabbits), passing by the fish (crabs, crayfish , eels, fish, molluscs), vegetables (pumpkins, corn, peppers cucumbers, tomatoes), snails, flowers of different type and, of course, the fruit (figs, lemons, apricots, pineapples nuts, pineapples, vines, bananas, melons, pomegranates, apples, oranges , pears).  Unlike the facade of the Calle Jorge Juan, the towards to that of Calle Conde Salvatierra, consists of a single plane lacking volumetry, executed in brick and with combination of natural and artificial stone .

The plane of this facade is limited laterally by troncocónics columns finished in pinnacles, in whose center opens a large parabolic arch of brick of similar dimensions to the other and whose eardrum is closed by a colossal window. The lower part is topped up to about 4 meters high by means of a glass canopy on metal carpentry. At the base of the two great side pinnacles are placed the flower stalls, of great lightness and wavy cover also covered with ceramic fragments. This façade, on the other hand, appears without ornaments, except for some isolated and imperceptible details in the whole as the Rams, the Snails, the pears and the strips of garlic.

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On December 24, 1916, Christmas Eve, the Mercado de Colon was inaugurated, and according to a local newspaper, it was a spectacular event: from the bullring came a cavalcade formed by the mounted Municipal Guard with the timpani and bugles of the city , the rock of fame, market vendors, the fishing groups, birds and meats and flowers, fruits and vegetables, a chariot occupied by the Queen of the party accompanied by her court of Honor. The Municipal Band and a section of the Civil Guard closed the celebration.

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The Mercado de Colon has been transformed into a hotel center, with a traditional horchatería, a biocafeteria, Biobrewery, a cafeteria-franchise, two foreign breweries and a restaurant coexist with a florist and the only three original establishments that have lasted: a delicatessen , a fish shop and a fruit shop. A   basement that houses a parking area, leaving the central part free for cultural events.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here and it is a must are

Offical Mercado de Colon

Tourist office of Valencia on Mercado de Colon

City of Valencia on Mercado de Colon

And there you go , a shopper’s paradise full of history and gorgeous architecture. IN addition, a great city ambiance and people pleasers, a joy to be there. Hope you enjoy the tour of the wonderful Mercado Central and Mercado de Colon of Valencia.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

 

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